July 5, 2012

7 quick takes

1 - I wanted to post a song to go with the heat.  Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot" is just a little too peppy.  So I went with Badly Drawn Boy's "The Shining" which is nice and slow and thick.  I thought it fit.

2 - Thursday was a pie baking day at my house.  Remember when I said I needed to make some money to pay for a trip so I could see my friend profess final vows with the Nashville Dominicans?  Well, my mom is often hired by local women to bake home made pies for certain events.  One such event (an ice cream social at the park) is tonight and we baked four apple pies and one blueberry pie for $8 each.  Every little bit helps!

3 - Here's what we did on the 4th of July:
We made red, white, and blue skewers.  The kids mostly ate marshmallows and complained about how they don't like blueberries.
I did all the prep work and made mine while they were still in quiet time.  By getting all my ridiculous perfectionist tendencies out of the way I was able to let the kids just enjoy themselves.

Thank you, Pinterest.

I tried to get a cute picture of my four awesome kids.  This is as good as it got.

I ate waaaaaay too many patriotic rice krispie treats.
Another thanks to Pinterest here.

Travis set off fireworks and the kids held hands while they watched.  I think it was one part excitement, one part fear, and one part safety.

Poor L momentarily forgot all the warnings and reminders and touched a recently extinguished sparkler. Here's a picture of our little burn victim holding her injured hand in ice water while her daddy holds her ice cream.  It's cute.

4 - One of my favorite sites to visit is Big Pulpit.  Every day Tito Edwards posts links to the best Catholic blog articles out there.  Along with National Catholic Register, I check out Big Pulpit almost every day.  I just wanted to share it in case you hadn't heard of it yet.  Enjoy! 

5 - Let's take a moment to appreciate how cute my little Resa is...

Six weeks and so, so sweet!

6 - Tomorrow our good friends, and Resa's godparents, are getting married.  Travis and I are so happy for them and we're so excited to share in their joyous day.  Yay for MVV and Liz!
We love you!

7 - This one's for R, who left a sympathetic message for Travis in my comment box.


  1. I want a Travis!! How do you find a man like that, seriously? Beautiful children. You are so, so blessed by God.

  2. Anon, you are right. I am so, so blessed. God has been generous with me.

    How did I find him? Well, we met at an orthodox Catholic student center and we were good friends for almost two years when we both suddenly realized we were in love with each other. I actually wasn't looking at Travis when I was looking for a man. But he is great.

  3. Has anyone mentioned how Teresa sort of looks like a Gesterling in that photo? That's the first time I've ever thought that!

  4. No, Alisha, no one has ever said that. And for the record, no Gesterlings were near for the making of Travis and my baby.

  5. The pic with all 4 kids is great! Wanna know why? Even those Teresa is crying, the others are still smiling. :) They are so cute; someday I'll get to meet them all!

  6. haha! Alisha, having met Teresa in person, I was not struck by a resemblance. But, in your defense, I can see how her eyes have the same shape as Margot's

  7. My goodness your family is adorable. Love you Burn!

  8. Oh I just love love love the picture of all 4 kids together! That's the one that will make you grin from ear to ear in 20 years. Such joy.

  9. Haha! I'm just thinking about your comment about how you and Travis met. I remember one time at the Newman center (before the love began) you saw Travis with his shirt off and you told me how weird and uncomfortable you felt! You had a squeamish look on your face! Lol.. You were secretly in looooove with him! Travis and Bonnie sitting in a tree....well you know the rest. ;)

  10. Bonnie, you are awesome. Travis is the luckiest guy in the world. I feel bad for anyone who doesn't have a guy like him, and for anyone who doesn't know you! M.